My school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is about to start classes on Wednesday, along with the rest of Broward County. But the schools are in chaos and still not secured.
For months after the February 14 attack that left 17 people dead at my school, the Broward County School Board promised that Stoneman Douglas would be the site of a pilot program for metal detectors. Donations and offers of metal detectors and other school security measures came flooding in.
Twelve days before school starts, the school board announced that it hadn’t properly anticipated a long list of considerations. Those considerations ranged from privacy concerns to how metal detectors would impact school start times by creating bottlenecks at the entrance. It requires only a little common sense to realize that it takes some time to get 3,300 students through one school entrance with metal detectors.
Instead of the promised armed guards, we have received unarmed security staffers with little to no ability to protect. They are utterly incapable of stopping an active shooter. . .
Superintendent Robert Runcie first tried to dismiss this as “fake news,” but the numbers showed that he simply hadn’t been honest. Given the disaster that had just befallen the community, it is understandable that he would want to hide his and the school board’s culpability. (Read more from “Kyle Kashuv Reveals What Has Changed After Tragedy Struck His School 6 Months Ago” HERE)